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eFX Picks Up Star Trek Replicas License Starting w/ Mark IX Tricorder – Exclusive Details On Future Plans September 23, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Replicas,Trek Franchise,Trek on TV , trackback

This week it was announced that CBS had granted a license for Star Trek replicas to eFX Collectibles, who also announced their first product will be a Mark IX TNG era Tricorder. TrekMovie spoke exclusively to eFX President Bryan Ono to get more details on that Tricorder and to find out what they have planned next.

 

eFX takes on Trek
eFX is a new Los Angeles-based company that was founded in 2007, however the team are not new to the business of replicas. Bryan Ono explains that he worked for Master Replicas since they its inception in 2001. As the Strategic Business Leader at MR, Ono oversaw both the Star Wars and Star Trek lines for much of this decade. In 2007 when Master Replicas lost the Star Wars license, Ono left with some others from MR to form eFX, which picked up the Star Wars license and has since been making Stormtrooper helmets, light sabers and more from that galaxy far, far away. Since then, they have also picked up the license for Disney and original series Battlestar Galactica.


eFX Star Wars X-Wing & Stormtrooper helmet

And now that Master Replicas no longer has the Star Trek license, eFX has picked that up as well. The eFX license covers all prop and vehicle replicas for all versions of Star Trek up to the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie (as we have reported before, the movie license is with Quantum Mechanix).

First thing for eFX – Finishing the Mark IX
The final Star Trek product from Master Replicas was Mark IX TNG movie era Tricorder. TrekMovie had an early review of that item last November and Master Replicas shipped a few out in early 2009, before the company ceased operations, never fulfilling all their back-orders. Ono actually worked on the project before leaving Master Replicas, but felt that the final version "still need tweaking." He decided to make this their first product to "get it right" and to "make sure all those who wanted one can get it." Ono says there are a number of improvements with the eFX version, including matching the color better and making the lights more diffused so the LEDs are not so obvious.


eFX Mark IX Tricorder

Another big difference is that each Tricorder will come with a plaque signed by the Commander Data himself, Brent Spiner. Another piece of good news is that the price $349, which is lower than the final MR price of $399. The tricorder will come with a stand, however eFX will charge around $29 for an acrylic cover if you want to add that. eFX will start taking pre-orders on September 29th with orders being delivered in late October or Early November. Ono says that one of the goals of his company is to "make collectibles collectible again" and so they are committed to doing no more than 1,000 pieces in a limited run. They will be requiring a deposit of around $75, but there is a money back guarantee. You will be able to order from eFXcollectibles.com as well as Brians Toys, and Toynk.com and other retailers.

Next up – Ships and more props for 2010
But finishing where Master Replicas left of is only the beginning for eFX. According to Ono, he wants to do one new replica each quarter, meaning he is hoping to get four out in 2010. They are currently in development on designs for a number of props and ships including a Wrath of Khan phaser, a TOS era Phaser, and a large scale (28") Klingon Vor’cha Battlecruiser from DS9. Ono notes that these plans are not final and they haven’t got sign offs yet from CBS.  No pricing as of yet, but Ono says he hopes to keep the items affordable, and they will also have a payment plan.

According to Ono, eFX works closely with many of the original designers for the ships and props, such as John Eaves, and have access to original source material as well as all the sound files. The goal in the short term is to develop items that were not done by Master Replicas, but they will also do some that MR did if they feel improvements can be made (such as the case of the TOS era phaser).


Klingon Battlecruiser & TWOK Phaser – two items high eFX’s replica to-do list

In addition to the studio scale ship replicas, eFX will also be working on smaller ‘Precision Cast’ replicas of around 10-12", which will be more affordable. Ono says they hope to have two of these smaller ships out in 2010, with the first being the original TOS Enterprise (NCC-1701). They will then move on to other ships in the series, Ono noting "we want to do all the Enterprises, eventually." These will probably coast around $250 and include lights, but no sounds.

More eFX coverage to come at TrekMovie
As eFX finalize plans, TrekMovie will bring more details. We will also be doing a review of the upcoming Mark IX Tricorder.

 

 

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MvRojo
September 23, 2009 10:50 pm

Nice, but unfortunately $350 is not really “affordable” to me.

September 23, 2009 11:11 pm

That is so sweet looking. A tad bit spendy.

Jake Parsons
September 23, 2009 11:56 pm
Looking at how lackluster eFX’s Star Wars releases have been, I’m not excited about the new Star Trek partnership. So far, it doesn’t seem like they’ve developed a single original item that wasn’t already designed at Master Replicas (with exception to the Ahsoka saber – but how hard is it to take 3D rendering files and produce physical items). Not only that, their X-Wing’s are said to be defective and inaccurate, look at the forum at rebelscum.com and the RPF. Now, they’re debut product for Star Trek is something that’s already been released, the Tricorder. ::cough:: Stormtrooper helmet repeat ::cough::… Read more »
EnterpriseSucks
September 24, 2009 12:14 am

RE: Plastic Tricorder with LED lights

This would’ve been nice when I was 13 or so, back in the 1990s.

Now I’m a grownup. I’ve gone through 4 iPhones already.. this stuff no longer excites me. Zzz

Disillusioned Star Trek Man
September 24, 2009 12:50 am

Yeah, I agree with #4. When will we get a communicator style mobile phone? Why do some cool and innovative things with the Star Trek license rather than plastic toys.

Oh yeah, while I’m at it, why are Star Trek toys such pap, especially when compared to the Star Wars toys?

Syd Hughes
September 24, 2009 1:53 am

#5: Cuz people buy ’em anyway.

You know, I’m almost lazy enough to pay $250 for a nice NX-01. It can live with my ERTL 1701 I glued together when I was 10.

September 24, 2009 2:44 am

For that amount of money, I want a tricorder that actually works!

Disillusioned Star Trek Man
September 24, 2009 3:19 am

#35

yeah, but they could put in something simple like a barometer, or a clock. A little LED screen……anything! It is too much money for a peice of moulded plastic goddamit.

Lego Star Trek, that would be cool.

September 24, 2009 3:48 am

#8 re/Lego Star Trek

I could be wrong but I think MegaBloks has the Trek license and just never did anything with it. I can recall seeing a MegaBloks 1701-D (with little Picard figure) for ages @ TRU.

Yup; confirmed:

http://www.amazon.com/Mega-Bloks-Star-Trek-Enterprise/dp/B0000E3BTX

Holger
September 24, 2009 4:24 am

This looks good, but sorry, I prefer affordable Art Asylum stuff.

The Rusted Robot
September 24, 2009 4:35 am

I have the Megabloks Ent D….still in the box 4 years later….that’s the only thing they ended up producing….maybe one day I’ll take it out and build it

TonyD
September 24, 2009 4:56 am
I own quite a few Master Replicas props from both Star Wars and Star Trek and my experiences with their products were uniformly positive. When they were on their game I found their products to be very well made and quite imaginative. The Art Asylum toys are nice (and I own a few myself) but there’s no comparing them to MR’s past releases. If eFX can approach the quality of MR’s better replicas I’ll definitely pick up a some of their items; the TWOK phaser in particular would be a no brainer for me. I also wouldn’t mind seeing a… Read more »
Eking
September 24, 2009 5:21 am

I’m still waiting for the D7 battle cruiser from TOS, I’ll buy that one. Everyone keeps skipping that over and remaking the same ships.

Capt. of the USS Anduril
September 24, 2009 5:40 am

I don’t think this is worth much. These people are people who left Master Replicas before it sank, and I’m not seeing much improvement. MR’s final replicas were lackluster at best, such as the “Build your own” FX lightsaber that consisted of plastic parts, a Yoda-sized blade, and generally was held together in about the same fashion as the hasbro toys.

Now, while what I saw of the MR Tricorder looked nice, the Assault Phaser was far more intriguing, and from what I understand, it was half-assed like nobody’s business. This doesn’t inspire confidence, no.

September 24, 2009 5:54 am

What ever happened to the Blue Tooth TOS Communicator for my phone?

Spockish
September 24, 2009 6:08 am
I like the ST:TMP Klingon Battle-cruiser It would fit in nice with the TNG Enterprise hanging above my desk at home with a DSN Space station in the corner of the room. Both were built by a friend who now builds models for NASA. My brother who works for Lockheed Martian doing electrical for the Orion Launcher (namely the command capsule) talked to him last month. He is a big Trekkie also and really liked the new movie, but NASA only wants him doing NASA stuff at work and at home. If the Klingon D7 is at a good price… Read more »
Spockish
September 24, 2009 6:14 am

Wonder if they will blue tooth the TNG COM badges to hook to your cell phones.

Those COM badges look so much better to use than dragging out the ever smaller growing cell phones. One day the phone might get as small as the COM badges. But the power sources need to shrink also or every hour you’ll be swapping battery cells.

CaptainDonovin
September 24, 2009 6:38 am

Now if the tricorder actually worked (ability to scan things, etc.) then $350 would be worth it. I still have the playmates toy from ages ago that does the same thing this one does so I’ll pass.

Bryan
September 24, 2009 6:57 am

$350 is too expensive, I doubt everyone who wants one will be able to get one at that price. It’d be a nice collector piece, but i’m not paying $350 for a Tricorder to sit on my shelf.

star trackie
September 24, 2009 7:04 am
Seems to me, if they are intent on doing a large 28″ Klingon ship replica, it should be the TOS Klingon cruiser rather than the TNG ship. While the TNG design is cool, the classic TOS Klingon ship would clearly sell better. Not to mention it would be a great companion piece to the MR TOS Enterprise that many collectors already own. The decision to bypass the original design and go straight to the newer, less popular, design is a bit puzzling. On a personal note, I hope they do the aluminum phasers from the new Trek movie. I’d be… Read more »
September 24, 2009 7:15 am
For me, (while I never got one), the biggest ommission with the MR Mark IX Tricorder was functionality. The clicking sound was nice as well as the lights and sound, but it seemed to me to be the ONLY MR replica that you couldn’t interact with on some level (that wasn’t a ship). Every other replica from phasers to communicators to tricorders had some sort of button-like functionality which made it slightly more interactive and prop-like. While the argument could be made that the props on the show only had the lights and absolutely NO interactivity, I think we’re all… Read more »
I'm dead Jim
September 24, 2009 8:33 am

@19 – I have to agree. I’m a big TNG fan but the original Klingon battlecruiser design is a CLASSIC and should come before the 24th century version. I would actually prefer the detailed TMP version which has to be one of my favorite ship designs.

I look forward to the smaller ship verisons. I’m less interested in dishing out that much money for props, even if they are well done.

September 24, 2009 8:35 am

I am curious about the “Precision Cast” replicas” that were mentioned. It would be interesting to see how much of the lighting effects from the TOS Enterprise make it to a smaller version that would cost nearly $1,000 less. I have always thought there would be a market for something that was between the MR $1,200 ship and AA/DST’s $40 job. And I like AA/DST’s ships. For what they cost, they are pretty decent. But they just don’t compare to the high end replicas.

VZX
September 24, 2009 9:02 am

I would love a tricorder that is merged with an I-touch kind of thing so it can record and display video, pics, audio, MP3, etc. It would also be cool to have some actual instruments like barometers, thermmometer, etc.

I have seen some homemade versions like these, and I know one was released like 15 years ago that had some actual sensors on it, but IDK.

T2
September 24, 2009 9:27 am

Nice to hear. MR was such a let down with this. It was such a headache, now finally a good chance at a quality replica. Can’t wait to pre-order!

Jim Cude
September 24, 2009 9:29 am

The funny thing is an iPhone or most other modern smartphones now look more high-tech than this…

September 24, 2009 9:52 am

That new Mark IX tri-corder best work better than tha’ last one I had!

I wuz’ workin’ in a nuclear sub at tha’ time and relied on me previous tri-corder ta’ show me ra-diation levels as I scrubbed oot’ tha’ reactor room… Bloody thing kept sayin’ like “All readings are normal.” and “Mego Rules.”

It wuz’ a liar! Readin’s were oof tha’ charrrrts! And Mego stinks!
Grew me a third arm becuz’ o’ unwanted atomic exposure… and not a big, full one either…

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

DavidJ
September 24, 2009 9:52 am

26

Ha ha, agreed. This now looks about as old and clunky as the TOS tricorder. All those flashing LEDs used to be cool and kind of magical; now they look like the meaningless lights they really are.

It doesn’t even come CLOSE to the awesome interactive touchscreen today’s devices have.

Bok
September 24, 2009 9:58 am

Why can’t they do an 18″ gold-colored desktop model of the Stargazer?

jocor
September 24, 2009 10:04 am

I’m pretty sure the models used in television only cost about $20.

Michael
September 24, 2009 10:24 am

I had no idea Master Replicas went belly up?!
I own the TOS Klingon Disruptor, Enterprise, Comm./Phaser/Tric.
My Phaser pistol has begun to get flakey on it’s trigger enaging sound/lighted tip. Maybe a battery issue, but phaser II unit works fine.
Why the later TNG/DS9 Klingon ship, and not the battlecruiser or BOP?
The TNG Tricorder 350.00+ the added cost of the acrylic case? WTF?
I know to steer clear of this company!

September 24, 2009 11:00 am

The TOS tricorder is stil da bomb! A beauty.

captain_neill
September 24, 2009 11:04 am

I wish I could afford the Mark IX Tricorder, I am a big fan of the TNG era Tricorders

Hosetlh
September 24, 2009 11:25 am

I’d really like to see a Bluetooth TOS Communicator. Partner that with my bluetooth phone and I’d be styln’ Trek!

CarlG
September 24, 2009 11:29 am

These replicas are nice, but I prefer the models I can put together myself.

They’re not 100% perfect, but they feel more like they’re mine when they’re done, if that makes any sense. :)

Mark
September 24, 2009 12:56 pm

Since when does affordable require a payment plan?

T'Cal
September 24, 2009 1:17 pm

Yes, I too don’t understand why a cell phone that looks like TOS communicator is still unavailable. The moire could be animated on the display screen and like some of the new Blackberry phones, it could have a slide out qwerty keyboard from behind. This is hardly 23rd century technology.

September 24, 2009 1:40 pm

I must agree with the cobcept of workable props. Ex. A cell ph. That looks like commnicter. A tricorder as a coice recorder. If they are going tocharge an arm & leg make it funtional

Captain Crunch
September 24, 2009 8:04 pm

I have emailing with Mr Ono and he stated the Tricorder will be made out of die cast no news if it comes with different sounds. I have one of the MR Tricorders talk about heavy. If you want a true Tricorder try Roddenberry.com. Now that’s pricy $800 for a science tricorder and $1000 for a medical so this isn’t so bad..

jdp13
September 25, 2009 5:52 am

What I really want is a studdio scale TMP Enterprise. I hope these guys are the ones that can deliver it.

I have the MR Enterprise from the latest production which I like, but the refit Enterprise has always been the one I’m really after. We’ll have to wait and see.

TMP Klingon Cruiser would be nice too.

OOP
September 25, 2009 11:18 am

Oh that tricorder sucks !

i found this one youtube last week and it’s the best dam thing i’ve seen for a Playmates tricorder upgrade yet !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSwGxN-0rYw

Check out all his Tricorder videos & HELP me figure out what mp4 device he’s useing !

– OOP

September 25, 2009 1:46 pm

#41

O freaking hell yes!! I am buying one of these now! To heck with all those other tricorders. This one looks like it ROCKS!!

The Angry Klingon (without a trenchcoat)
September 25, 2009 2:00 pm
So much disinformation from the uninformed…just to cover a few ‘misconceptions’ stated here by posters. 1. The tricorder was never fully released by MR. VERY few made it out. EFX is doing this run because a lot of people were really looking forward to it and MR dropped the ball. I for one am glad to see EFX doing this for those that lost out on MRs inability to deliver. 2. Its not plastic. The tricorder is metal (for good or bad) and incorporates several improvements over the MR release. 3. Price. Wow. $350. Head over to Rodenberry.com and fork… Read more »
September 25, 2009 7:52 pm

Me third arm fell oof…

That bleedin’ tri-corder didda not warn me!!!

Why tha’ frangy hell be it called a “tri-corder?” Cute 60’s name?

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

CarlG
September 25, 2009 8:15 pm

@44: Because “recorder” is a flute, and “bi-corder” would just give people naughty ideas…

September 26, 2009 10:45 am

Oh… I see…

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

September 26, 2009 5:04 pm

32

Agreed. I love it.

And while we’re on the subject of making props I’ll roll out my stock question on this topic….where’s that servo prop?

September 26, 2009 6:24 pm

I got a servo prop….

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

The Angry Klingon (without a trenchcoat)
September 29, 2009 11:33 am

Just ordered my tricorder. First 250 to order get a free tricorder holster to go with it. They still havent hit the 250 mark as of moments ago because the website is all sorts of wonky so I called and ordered by phone.

bersus
September 29, 2009 12:50 pm

Well… I got mine!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdlcBK48STw

Here is a link to a video of the Tricorder, it doesnt seem to play on the eFX website.

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